Author Archives: Andrew Wentink

About Andrew Wentink

A graduate of Middlebury College in History/English, Andrew Wentink attended the Bread Loaf School of English and Columbia University, where he received his MLS. He was Manuscript Archivist at the Dance Collection of the The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center for seven years. He is a writer, editor, dance historian and has written and produced documentaries, including several on dance subjects, for public television. In addition to his duties as Curator of Special Collections & Archives at Middlebury, Andy teaches for American Studies, Russian, Film & Media Culture, and Dance, and is the Academic Liiaison for American Studies, US History, Film & Media Culture, Religion, Classics. and History of Art & Architecture.

Two New Civil War Collections Won for Special Collections

Erastus Hibbard Phelps Collection

The winning bid on the Archive of Civil War paymaster Erastus Hibbard Phelps, Middlebury Class of 1861, was made at auction by Andy Wentink, Curator of Special Collections & Archives. The archive was one among nearly 350 lots of American History, including Civil War, materials offered by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, OH, last Friday morning, December 2. The Phelps Archive comprises 334 letters, 4 diaries (3 from Civil War years), 2 bound volumes including a photo album containing portraits of graduates of the Middlebury Class of 1861, many of which are inscribed to Phelps. The archive also includes two photos of Phelps previous to his years at Middlebury, his paymaster sidearm (a Colt 1851 Navy 36 caliber pistol), what is believed to be his sheepskin winter jacket worn on duty, and a leather documents trunk carried during his service.

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“Behind the Scenes: A Window into History” features Special Collections

Behind the Scenes: A Window into History created by Sara Marshall, Stephen Diehl, and Brendan Mahoney ’11, of College Communications for the online edition of Middlebury Magazine.  We’re very pleased with and honored by the film.

Twin Towers Tragedy, Photographs by John Jonas Gruen

Special Collections is honored to present “Twin Towers Tragedy — Ten Years: Photographs by John Jonas Gruen,” in the Atrium of the Davis Family Library, Monday, September 5-Friday, October 7, 2011. This solemn retrospective on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 offers 15 photographs taken by New York author/photographer John (Jonas) Gruen in the wake of the unspeakable events of 9/11.  The exhibit at Middlebury College is an exclusive viewing of Gruen’s 9/11 photographs not included in the exhibit now on view at Guild Hall in Easthampton, NY.  At the reception of the opening of an exhibit of his Guild Hall exhibit on Saturday, September 3, 2011, Gruen summed up the experience of taking these photographs – ”To have witnessed the unthinkable was to know the meaning of rage and confusion.”

Annual Special Collections Open House

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR 

ANNUAL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS OPEN HOUSE

Special Collections, Davis Family Library, Lower Level

 FACULTY  & STAFF ARE INVITED TO REVIEW OUR MOST RECENT ACQUISITIONS OF PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS INCLUDING

RARE BOOKS & FIRST EDITIONS; MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS; JOURNALS; DIARIES; ANTIQUE MAPS & PRINTS; EPHEMERA; ETC. 

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS MATERIALS ARE SELECTED FOR THEIR RELEVANCE TO COURSES BEING TAUGHT ACROSS THE CURRICULUM AS WELL AS FOR FACULTY RESEARCH

SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE ACQUISITIONS ARE WELCOME

TOURS OF THE CLOSED STACKS WILL BE AVAILABLE

PLEASE STOP IN ANYTIME

10:00 AM-5:00 PM

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY,THURSDAY

SEPTEMBER 6, 7, & 8, 2011

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU

 

New Special Collections Summer Hours

A change in Summer Hours for Special Collections on the Lower Level  of the Davis Family Library was approved by the LIS Area Directors at their recent meeting. The following hours will be in effect immediately:

Tuesday, May 31-Thursday, June 2      By Appointment Only

Friday, June 3                                           Open 1-5 p.m.  for Reunion Weekend

Saturday, June 4                                      Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for Reunion Weekend

June 5-19                                                  CLOSED

Monday, June 20-Friday, August19     By Appointment Only

Monday, August 22-Friday, September 2    CLOSED

CLOSED WEEKENDS DURING THE SUMMER

Who Needs What — Education and Training Team Shares Findings

As part of the LIS Education & Training Team’s charge, we have developed an inventory of information and technology skills and knowledge needed by LIS staff, as well as College faculty, students and staff.  On our inventory we also indicate why and to what extent the skills are needed and include some of the resources currently provided by LIS to support faculty, students, and staff.  The team hopes to determine where educational and training resources are either inadequate or missing and to propose more effective ways of delivering essential education and training. Continue reading

Acclaimed Author Ian McEwan at Mead Chapel, September 7

Ian McEwan, the acclaimed English novelist, will read from his new work in Mead Chapel on Tuesday evening, September 7th,at 7:30 p.m.

 

                                                              

McEwan is widely admired throughout the world as a writer of substance.  He won the prestigious Booker Prize for AMSTERDAM, and many of his novels, including ATONEMENT, ENDURING LOVE, THE CEMENT GARDEN, and THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS, have been made into major films.  

 ”No one writing in the English language surpasses Ian McEwan,”  The Washington Post.